Chad Anderson’s review published on Letterboxd:
It has obviously been too long since I last saw this if I do not have a review.
This came out when I was 14 and it caused quite a sensation among my crowd at the time.
Kurt Russell, Isaac Hayes, and Donald Pleasance are all at their best while Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau act the living shit out of the smaller roles and even Tom Atkins is a real professional soldier/policeman in everything but the credits.
A very nihilistic optimistic view of the future that fairly reflects the concerns of its day projected forward to 18 years ago. Who would have guessed unleaded gas would correlate with a collapse in crime and the Soviet Union would produce more humane reformist leaders than the US would? Still, American elites are eager to keep alive a divisive fixation on crime in time of safety and a fear of monolithic outside enemies in a time of unprecedented security, dragging us into Carpenter's vision in the name of avoiding it.